Alternative History: Constance Markievicz Gets A Sex Change

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Alternative History: Constance Markievicz Gets A Sex Change  

for Rhona McCord

 “97 years ago people lost their lives in that park over there.

  Constant Markievicz gave up his life to enable enable us

  to eradicate suppression, taxation, addiction, criminality…”

Tom D’Arcy of Direct Democracy Ireland

 gggg

Truth is, Joe, I have it on good authority

that fella Constant Markievicz, was shot

by the British in the park across the road.

Secretly buried on the moon by people

with names that, to me, sound

homosexual. While I have you, that man

on the ventilator in Johannesburg

isn’t Nelson Mandela but an imposter

installed by the same shower who want

to bring euthanasia to Ireland.

ggggg

 We’ve reached the stage, Joe, in this country,

which fellas like Constant Markievicz fought

and died over, if a man has the audacity

to tell the people what’s really going on,

or even what’s not, Special Branch

take daily cum-shots of his Facebook page

and file them away for later use.

Get the Minister on here, Joe.

And when he denies it, you’ll know

the truth I speak.

KEVIN HIGGINS

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Kevin Higgins facilitates poetry workshops at Galway Arts Centre and teaches creative writing at Galway Technical Institute. He is also Writer-in-Residence at Merlin Park Hospital and the poetry critic of the Galway Advertiser. He was a founding co-editor of The Burning Bush literary magazine and is co-organiser of Over The Edge literary events in Galway City. His first collection of poems The Boy With No Face was published by Salmon in February 2005 and was short-listed for the 2006 Strong Award. His second collection, Time Gentlemen, Please, was published in March 2008 by Salmon. His work also features in the generation defining anthology Identity Parade – New British and Irish Poets (Ed Roddy Lumsden, Bloodaxe, 2010). Frightening New Furniture, his third collection of poem, was published in 2010 by Salmon Poetry. Kevin has read his work at most of the major literary festivals in Ireland and at Arts Council and Culture Ireland supported poetry events in Kansas City, USA (2006), Los Angeles, USA (2007), London, UK (2007), New York, USA (2008), Athens, Greece (2008); St. Louis, USA (2008), Chicago, USA (2009), Denver, USA (2010), Washington D.C (2011), Huntington, West Virginia, USA (2011), Geelong, Australia (2011), Canberra, Australia (2011), St. Louis, USA (2013), Boston, USA (2013) & Amherst, Massachusetts (2013). In November and December 2013 Kevin also read his work in Basel, Switzerland and Phoenix & Tucson, Arizona. Mentioning The War, a collection of his essays and reviews was published in April 2012 by Salmon. Mentioning The War has been described by Clare Daly T.D as “a really good and provocative read. It will jolt you; it will certainly touch you; make you laugh; maybe make you snarl a little bit as well, depending on where you come from or what your background is.” Kevin’s poetry has been translated into Greek, Turkish, Spanish, Italian, Japanese & Portuguese. The Ghost In The Lobby is Kevin’s fourth collection of poetry will be launched early Spring 2014.

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Kevin Higgins facilitates poetry workshops at Galway Arts Centre and teaches creative writing at Galway Technical Institute. He is also Writer-in-Residence at Merlin Park Hospital and the poetry critic of the Galway Advertiser. He was a founding co-editor of The Burning Bush literary magazine and is co-organiser of Over The Edge literary events in Galway City. His first collection of poems The Boy With No Face was published by Salmon in February 2005 and was short-listed for the 2006 Strong Award. His second collection, Time Gentlemen, Please, was published in March 2008 by Salmon. His work also features in the generation defining anthology Identity Parade – New British and Irish Poets (Ed Roddy Lumsden, Bloodaxe, 2010). Frightening New Furniture, his third collection of poem, was published in 2010 by Salmon Poetry. Kevin has read his work at most of the major literary festivals in Ireland and at Arts Council and Culture Ireland supported poetry events in Kansas City, USA (2006), Los Angeles, USA (2007), London, UK (2007), New York, USA (2008), Athens, Greece (2008); St. Louis, USA (2008), Chicago, USA (2009), Denver, USA (2010), Washington D.C (2011), Huntington, West Virginia, USA (2011), Geelong, Australia (2011), Canberra, Australia (2011), St. Louis, USA (2013), Boston, USA (2013) & Amherst, Massachusetts (2013). In November and December 2013 Kevin also read his work in Basel, Switzerland and Phoenix & Tucson, Arizona. Mentioning The War, a collection of his essays and reviews was published in April 2012 by Salmon. Mentioning The War has been described by Clare Daly T.D as “a really good and provocative read. It will jolt you; it will certainly touch you; make you laugh; maybe make you snarl a little bit as well, depending on where you come from or what your background is.” Kevin’s poetry has been translated into Greek, Turkish, Spanish, Italian, Japanese & Portuguese. The Ghost In The Lobby is Kevin’s fourth collection of poetry will be launched early Spring 2014.

 

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  1. Tomás Ó Carthaigh

    July 9, 2013 4:18 am

    He needs to get his history right, but we can all make mistakes when cought on camera. Where are all of the left wing parties? Why arent THEY stopping these auctions? Do they hate people who own their own homes as opposed to being social dependant for housing?

    Why in a time when we still have lots is the Irish left still advoicating social housing as the solution for everybody as opposed to starter and emergency housing? Why not a return to the Land Commission to allow people buy their own homes over a few generations?

    Thats really putting the working class into ownership of the land. Its why and how we defeated the Landlords…. not just because they were British.

    Ive a lot of time for Kevin Higgins, and the satire is funny, and my counter protest poem is aimed at those who talk socialism but to little to advance it, when a micro group such as these – attached to DDI and a few other dodgyer groups – manage to stop evictions.

    The Irish left is too obsessed with bringing abortion for all as the solution of our problems to be out there fighting the real battles that need to be fought.

    Some may call Darcy and Co fools… but in a land without leaders…. they are all that are making the difference, even if only for a day…

    Irish left, get out there and make the difference. Stop talking Trotsky and stand for Ireland.

    Property for the people… its not theft to own your own home. Its Agrarian Socialism!

    • Tomas O Carthaigh

      July 9, 2013 11:14 pm

      Its aimed more at the parties of the left who shout a lot and do little than at Kevin himself in particular, though we clash where we oppose each others views!!! ;-D

      The ones breaking up these auctions should be the parties of the left and the S(h)inners, not developers, etc.

      On posting the poem linked to above, on the DDI wall, the comment from DDI that came back was that it was a mistake, they dont control or wish to control or micromanage who talks to the media for the sake of PR, and prefer to concentrate on taking on the banks directly, though peacefully.

      Now, DDI may not be everybody’s cup of tea, but their actions and dedication have to be respected. Its time the Irish left got more militant about the issues that matter to people.